This is Alfred Thompson's blog about computer science education and related topics.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I Am Not a Bug
The term "undocumented feature" is a humorous term for something that was not planned in software. OH for sure there can be features added to a product that are not documented. Easter eggs are a notable example. But generally the term undocumented feature is used to down play something added by error. When I ran into this image last week I was in a bit of a philosophical mood though and saw more to this cartoon than a bug calling itself a feature.
Computing attracts its share, perhaps more than its share, of people who stand out from the norm. A bit geeky at times. People who look at problems a bit differently perhaps. We live in a society that often sees being different as “a bug” but I have been thinking that perhaps we should see ourselves as having “undocumented features.”